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The Renegades of Pern (1989)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Series: Renegades of Pern (4), Pern (8th Interval - 9th pass)

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As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread. But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan, who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival. Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge ... and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!… (more)

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As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the dragonriders, Pern’s greatest weapon against Thread. But not everyone on Pern was protected. Some, like Jayge’s trader clan, simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina’s family, had lost their homes. Regardless of their differences, however, they all feared the outlaws who preyed on holds and holdless alike.

The Lady Thella’s renegades are the most dangerous yet—all they need is Aramina, whose telepathic link with dragons can help them evade the dragonrider patrols. But Jayge is out to stop Thella . . .and he will never let her have Aramina. ( )
  Gmomaj | Aug 28, 2020 |
Runs concurrently with the events in The White Dragon ( )
  nadineeg | Oct 5, 2019 |
There she goes again. This is just the first three books told from a dozen other points of view. To begin with the many different points of view (which don't merge until somewhere around the middle of the book) was a bit disjointed and irritating to me. It took me a long time to get interested in the story at all and nearly just stopped reading the series all together. In the end I didn't hate it, but it is for SURE my least favorite. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
McCaffrey shifts her focus from dragonriders, harpers and lord holders to the other people who live on Pern and are affected by Thread. The book covers a longer time span: it starts around the same time as "Dragonflight" and ends a bit after the end of "The White Dragon". Many events in those books are revisited in other books through the experiences of the newly introduced characters. The book gives more depth to some of the conflicts in the previous books. It also reinforces the turn to science fiction, with more discoveries of the technology of the original settlers. It was good enough that I was happy to stick w/ the series, advancing to the next book, "All the Weyrs of Pern". ( )
  themulhern | Jun 2, 2019 |
This was one of the slowest of the Pern series and took a really long time to get into. I think in this case Anne McCaffrey didn't do as well with her style of jumping around in the time stream. This book seems to cover too much time and contained too many gaps that left me wondering what was going on more often that I would like. I didn't read the book very much though especially the exploration of the southern continent and how the new characters and their story lines connected too old characters and storylines. ( )
  AngelaRenea | Jan 12, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anne McCaffreyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Weston, SteveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Urania (1210)
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JOHN GREENE
Marechal de logis
1958-1988

'O, Johnny, why did they do ye?'
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When mankind first discovered Pern, third planet of the sun Rukbat in the Sagittarian Sector, they paid little attention to the eccentric orbit of the Red Star, another satellite in the system.  (Prologue)
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As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs, whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread. But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan, who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival. Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge ... and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!

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